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most scenic road between Asheville and Chatanooga

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most scenic road between Asheville and Chatanooga

What is the most scenic route you would recommend when driving between Asheville and Chatanooga? Any special places to stop on the way.

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1. Re: most scenic road between Asheville and Chatanooga

The Smoky Mountain Expressway is the most obvious route. Towns would include Sylva, Bryson City (where the RR is) and/or Waynesville.

If you want curvy mountain roads and high end towns, go via Brevard, Cashiers and/or Highlands

My favorite mountain town is Clayton GA so you could dip down there (and still pass Sylva/ BC) and then over to Chattanooga.

If you want to walk behind an amazing waterfall, drive the very curvy road from Highlands to Franklin and walk behind Dry Falls.

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2. Re: most scenic road between Asheville and Chatanooga

Route thru Nantahala and Bryson city is good because get to see Olympics areas.

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3. Re: most scenic road between Asheville and Chatanooga

I have realized that actually going to GSMNP will take more time than I have. I am thinking about few different driving itineraries to still enjoy the scenic rides and beautiful smoky mountains.

1st version: Asheville, waynesville, sylvia, brynson,city, fontana dam, Robinsvilee, Telico plains, chatanooga

2nd version: Asheville, Brevard, Cashiers, Highlands, dry falls, franklin, Chatanooga

Any suggestions for 3rd route hybrid?

I would appreciate your insights, feedback and other ideas

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4. Re: most scenic road between Asheville and Chatanooga

Are actually going IN the GSMNP. Your recent two threads don't reflect that.

If not, as of yet, drive to Cherokee, NC (the southern entrance), drive through the park, out either via Pigeon Forge or Townsend and go to Chattanooga from there.

The route that includes Brevard, Cashiers and Highlands includes VERY curvy roads. The other route is as scenic but an easier drive.

The hybrid (and my favorite) would be Asheville to Sylva to Franklin, over to Highlands with a stop at Dry Falls (that section is very curvy), Highlands down to Dillard. Dillard House restaurant and/or horseback riding, the town of Clayton and then over to Chattanooga.

Edited: 16 March 2018, 21:15
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5. Re: most scenic road between Asheville and Chatanooga

I like your first version. The Cherohala Skyway in beautiful from Robinsville to Tellico Plains. Bald River Fall is a must see. Take a short side trip to Joyce Kilmer National Forest near Robinsville. It is beautiful and very little people...like on the Cherohala.

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6. Re: most scenic road between Asheville and Chatanooga

1st version is great if going to Chattanooga. Other one thru NE GA is great if coming to Atlanta.

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7. Re: most scenic road between Asheville and Chatanooga

I kind of like your first version, especially the CHerohala Skyway portion between Robbinsville and Tellico Plains.

Cut and paste in the following link for an idea. A nice place to stop is the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, you can do some hiking there, if you want.

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